Who is Ruturaj Gaikwad?
The right-handed batsman, Ruturaj is an up-and-coming talent in the cricketing world. In his short career, he has already caught the attention of the public and the sport governing authorities alike for his runs and batting skills.
Born in Pune, Ruturaj made his first-class cricket debut for Maharashtra when he was just 19. He played for the Ranji Trophy 2016-2017. Soon after he was called to play in the List A cricket against the English Lions where he was knocked out before he could make an impact. But if you look at his overall performance against Sri Lanka A and West Indies A, on average he scored 677 runs!
His runs caught the eyes of the Chennai Super Kings, who scooped him up for the IPL series. He was absent from the field for the 2019 season, but it is expected that he will be playing in the 2021 season.
He had contracted the coronavirus earlier this year but sources close to him are absolutely sure that he will recover before the tournament kicks off.
Ruturaj Gaikwad Achievements
He played in both the 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 Deodhar Trophy events. He was part of the squad that competed in the ACC Emerging Teams Asia Cup.
In the match against Sri Lankan A, the 24-year-old created a personal record of 187 runs. He received a call for the Duleep Trophy 2019-2020 as well.
Ruturaj Gaikwad Family
Rituraj grew up in a joint family with lots of cousins. He is the only one in the family to have pursued a career in sports.
In his family, academic excellence is given the highest importance. His father is a Defence Research Development Officer while his mother teaches in a municipal school.
More facts about Ruturaj Gaikwad
None can question Ruturaj’s batting technique, but the boy is also an exceptional fielder and an off-spinner.
He had never expected to be picked by the Chennai Super Kings, but as luck would have it he made his debut in the IPL series after Chennai Super Kings bought him for 20 lakhs and he didn’t disappoint.
At the Cooch Behar Trophy event, Ruturaj stunned everyone after scoring the second-highest runs for two consecutive years.
If cricket is his first love, tennis is his second. Ruturaj loves playing the sport but since all his time goes into training for cricket, he does not have time to pursue tennis.
His affair with cricket started when he enrolled in the Vengsarkar Cricket Academy at the age of 12.